European passenger traffic growth in April returned to double figures after a brief slump to 6%in March, according to the Association of European Airlines (AEA). The AEA attributes the dip to "-the date of the Easter holiday distorting the monthly growth trend". This year's figures show a 10.7% increase on April 1997, with above-average increases on European, North Atlantic and Latin American routes. Far Eastern/Australasian traffic slowed to 6.4%. Freight has been hit by the Asian economic slump, with a 7.6% decline in traffic to the region, and a 2.2% fall in freight traffic overall.

Source: Flight International